Another mausoleum promise for Chakufwa Chihana

Chakwera

President Lazaras Chakwera says his government will construct a befitting mausoleum for founding president of Alliance for Democracy (AFORD), Late Chakufwa Chihana and other fallen heroes.

Chakwera said this when he attended a memorial for the fallen democracy fighter in Mzuzu where he also laid a wreath.

“I am humbled by the invitation of the Chihana family to come and pay my respects to late honorable Chakufwa Chihana, a man I consider to be a national institution and a national hero. It is a fact of history that one cannot utter a sentence about the triumph of democracy in Malawi without mentioning Chakufwa Chihana.

"However, what is equally true and often missed about the giant we are honoring here today is that the sacrifices he made and services he rendered, as a mid-wife attending to the birth of our democracy were not confined to the momentous events of 1993 and 1994 but as a way of life it was his practice from an early age,” he said.

His son Enoch Chihana, said political parties and their leaders have promised but failed to honour the memory of his late father.

“During campaign periods political parties promise to construct a befitting mausoleum but once they take power they do not fulfill their promises. My father fought for the benefit of the whole nation,” he said.

The Late Chakufwa Chihana was born on March 11, 1939 and died in 2006.